Boxy Stars Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting

Last week I spent a couple of days custom machine quilting this beautiful Boxy Stars quilt for Jane. When Jane sent me this quilt she asked me custom machine quilt it for her, and she really gave me the go-ahead to quilt it as I pleased. 


How To: Free-Motion Quilt a Modern Pinwheel Block - Sunday Stitches

Are you all ready for another Sunday Stitches Tutorial? I'm excited today to share another fun, Free-Motion Quilting tutorial. 
Today I'm sharing the Modern Pinwheel Block. In the block shown here I've quilted the Modern Pinwheel in each of the yellow squares. It's a fun block and just adds a little bit of detail to your quilt.


Fat Quarter Shop's Charm Box Quilt

Doesn't everyone love a quick finish! A quilt that you can completely piece and quilt in just one day? I do! I love the gratification of a completed project.
Kimberly and the girls over at Fat Quarter Shop have once again created a fun, fast, free and adorable quilt pattern.


Teaching In Northern Idaho

I spent the last couple of days in Norther Idaho at the Northern Idaho Quilters Guild. It was a great guild and a lot of fun to spend a couple days with them.

It was also fun to visit Northern Idaho, you may remember that my mom is from Boise, so growing up my family spent a lot of time traveling in Idaho, I think the last time that I was as far north as Couer d'Alene was when I was about four years old, so it's been a few years. It's gorgeous there, and my mom would be so proud to know that I was amazed at all the pine trees in Northern Idaho. :)


Abreva® Product Review - Plus a $100 Visa Gift Card Give-Away!

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If you've ever been to Utah, you probably know that we can have some crazy dry, hot and cold weather. It's a joke here that you often need to turn the furnace on in the morning and the air conditioning on in the afternoon. Because of this some crazy things seem to happen to my skin, like cold sores. I'm always on the look out for the perfect product to help me get rid of the pesky things.
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I have decided that for me I need to do what’s best and take care of my body, I try to eat a healthy diet, I visit my local cross-fit gym at least four days a week, and try to get plenty of rest.

Whenever I go in front of a group, sadly I do have to admit I'm not always the most confident, but once I get a bit of positive reinforcement from others then my confidence is generally boosted through the roof and I am able to share what I have planned to share in a positive atmosphere.
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How to: Simple Spring Mini Quilt - Sunday Stitches

Hey there! So, I guess this week I am feeling extra generous! I shared a Sunday Stitches post a little early this week, but, since yesterday was National Quilting Day and the first day of Spring was on Friday I felt cheery and wanted to share another fun tutorial.

Before I get started I just have to say, thank you so much to everyone that shares these tutorials, seeing that you all like them enough to share them makes my heart so happy!

This mini quilt is the perfect quick project to add a little bit of spring color to your house. I love to use mini quilts as table toppers, or hang them in my sewing room.

This little quilt will finish at 15" square.
(The outer pink border is the binding.)


How to: Continuous Line Cross Hatching - On a Long Arm Machine - Sunday Stitches

I just finished up the machine quilting on this beautiful Irish Chain quilt. When MaryAnn sent me this quilt she asked me to machine quilt it with a cross-hatching pattern. The fabrics are super bright, and the quilt takes on a more "modern" feel, so she wanted it keep it simple, yet very clean with traditional cross hatching. Honestly, I wouldn't have thought to cross hatch across the whole quilt, but I'm so glad she had the vision and the idea. I love the result! I think it's just perfect.


Late Bloomers - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

I just finished up the custom machine quilting on this adorable quilt made by Stephanie. This adorable quilt is from Kim Deihl's pattern, Late Bloomers, it was featured in the April 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.



How to: Free Motion Quilt Spinning X Block - Sunday Stitches

Hey there! Are you ready for another Sunday Stitches tutorial? I thought it would be fun today to share how-to machine quilt this Spinning X quilt block. I had a lot of fun machine quilting a few of these this past week on April's Modern Building Blocks quilt, so I thought I'd share.


Put a Kettle On - Snapshots Quilt Along

Can you believe it's already been another month! I've got my third block, Put a Kettle On, in the Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots Quilt Along all done.


Tiny Blocks - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

I've had a busy week of custom machine quilting. Just how I like it! Patti made this adorable quilt with those teeny tiny blocks. I think the strips are only about 1/2" wide, yeah, I said tiny....and her piecing is perfect!


Modern Building Blocks Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting

The last couple of days have been really fun, custom machine quilting this adorable quilt for April! You might remember when I machine quilted the original version of the Modern Building Blocks quilt for Moda Fabrics a year or so ago, I had so much fun with that quilt I've been dying to quilt another one. Machine quilting on solid fabrics is so much fun.


Orbital Rotarty Blade Sharpener & Needle Sharpener - Product Review

Every once in a while I get to try out new products and share my thoughts about them with you. Today is one of those great days and I get to tell you about the Orbital Rotary Cutter Blade Sharpener and the Needle Sharpening Pad.


Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts - Bringing the Quilts Home

Last week was a little bit crazy here. Late Wednesday night I hopped on an airplane to head to Kentucky to spend the weekend sewing and teaching some classes. After I made it to North Carolina I found out that because of the crazy snow that was falling in Kentucky the flights were all being delayed and cancelled. Needless to say I never made it to Kentucky. I was lucky enough to find a seat on a flight and make it back to Utah that same day.

When I got home I was so excited to find eight huge boxes in my front entry-way. I was so exhausted from my crazy traveling that I just left the boxes and went to bed. 


Can Thread Color Change the Look of My Quilt? Sunday Stitches

How important is thread color, and can it change the look of my quilt?
This is a question I'm often asked, and if you've followed my work you know that I generally use matching thread colors. 


Stacked Up - Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts

Today I get to introduce you to Stacked Up, a pattern from our upcoming book; Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.

I love this quilt! I can't even begin to explain how excited I was when I saw that the publisher, C&T Publishing had chosen this quilt as one of the quilts featured on the book cover. This quilt just has so much texture and it goes together so easily, ahhhh, I just love it! Can you tell how excited I am about this whole book?!?!


Sunbonnet Sue & Sam Quilt

How adorable is this Sunbonnet Sue & Sam quilt?! Marcia made this adorable quilt, it's actually the third quilt that she started making over 20 years ago. When she started making the quilt it was supposed to be a quilt as you go. So, each of the blocks had a thin layer of polyester batting behind them.


A Masculine Quilt with Edge to Edge Machine Quilting

Last week I machine quilted this fun, masculine quilt for Sheila. I've quilted for Sheila before and she's just the sweetest lady. She loved how I had quilted her last quilt and when we chatted about this quilt she told me to have fun with it and quilt it as I pleased, with an all over pattern.